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Current Affairs Quiz: March 15, 2024

  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the PM-SURAJ national portal during an event organized by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. What does ‘J’ stands for in ‘SURAJ’?
    A) Jankalyan
    B) Jargon
    C) Jackal
    D) Justice
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the ‘Pradhan Mantri Samajik Utthan and Rozgar Adharit Jankalyan’ (PM-SURAJ) national portal during an event organized by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  2. Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting launched Prasar Bharti – Shared Audio Visuals for Broadcast and Dissemination, a news sharing service from Prasar Bharati and websites of DD News and Akashvani News as well as updated News on Air mobile app at an event in National Media Centre, New Delhi. Who is Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting ?
    A) Piyush Goyal
    B) Smriti Zubin Irani
    C) Anurag Singh Thakur
    D) Giriraj Singh
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur launched PB-SHABD, a news sharing service from Prasar Bharati and websites of DD News and Akashvani News as well as updated News on Air mobile app at an event in National Media Centre, New Delhi.
  3. Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Singh Thakur inaugurated the unique Khelo India Rising Talent Identification (KIRTI) programme in which city?
    A) Hisar
    B) Chandigarh
    C) Lucknow
    D) Delhi
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Singh Thakur inaugurated the unique Khelo India Rising Talent Identification (KIRTI) programme amidst much enthusiasm at the Sector 7 sports complex, in Chandigarh.
  4. As a part of Vocal for Local’ initiative, indigenous local products, how many Aspirational Blocks have been mapped and consolidated under Aakanksha?
    A) 400
    B) 500
    C) 350
    D) 200
    E)None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    In a move towards bolstering local economies and fostering grassroots entrepreneurship, NITI Aayog launched the ‘Vocal for Local’ initiative under its Aspirational Blocks Programme.
    The logo for ‘Aakanksha’ was also unveiled under the ‘Vocal for Local’ initiative by Prof. Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Aayog in presence of Shri. B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, CEO, NITI Aayog. As a part of this initiative, indigenous local products from 500 Aspirational Blocks have been mapped and consolidated under Aakanksha.
  5. Cabinet approved Inter-Governmental Framework Agreement between India and which country on cooperation for the empowerment and operation of the India-Middle East Europe Economic Corridor?
    A) Saudi Arabia
    B) United Arab Emirates
    C) France
    D) Germany
    E)None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Cabinet approves Inter-Governmental Framework Agreement India and United Arab Emirates on cooperation for the empowerment and operation of the India-Middle East Europe Economic Corridor
  6. Ministry of Heavy Industries (MHI) with which institute signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together to encourage innovation and advance the automotive and electric vehicle (EV) sector?
    A) IIT Kanpur
    B) IIT Roorkee
    C) IIT Bhilai
    D) IIT Madras
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Ministry of Heavy Industries (MHI) and the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT Roorkee) signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together to encourage innovation and advance the automotive and electric vehicle (EV) sector.
  7. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and which country on extending cooperation in the field of Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation Measures?
    A) Myanmar
    B) Bangladesh
    C) Bhutan
    D) Nepal
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Bhutan on extending cooperation in the field of Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation Measures.
  8. Which Central Paramilitary Force has emerged as a frontrunner force in terms of female representation(9%)?
    A) Assam Rifles
    B) Border Security Force
    C) Railway Protection Force
    D) Indo Tibetan Border Police
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has emerged as a frontrunner among central paramilitary forces in terms of female representation(9%). This achievement marks a notable departure from the traditional male-dominated landscape within such organizations.
  9. The Centre announced a new scheme, the Electric Mobility Promotion Scheme (EMPS), 2024, to promote the sale of electric two-wheelers (e2W) and three-wheelers (e3W) in the country. How much amount has been allocated under this scheme?
    A) 250 crore
    B) 500 crore
    C) 350 crore
    D) 400 crore
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option B
    Explanation:

    The Centre announced a new scheme, the Electric Mobility Promotion Scheme (EMPS), 2024, to promote the sale of electric two-wheelers (e2W) and three-wheelers (e3W) in the country.
    Heavy Industries Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey said that the Centre has allocated Rs 500 crore for the new scheme, which will be valid for four months from now.

  10. India stands at which rank out of 193 countries, according to the Gender Inequality Index 2022 released by the United Nations Development Programme?
    A) 200
    B) 108
    C) 59
    D) 130
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    India stands at rank 108 out of 193 countries, with a score of 0.437, according to the Gender Inequality Index 2022 released by the United Nations Development Programme.

  11. The navies of China, Iran and Russia have begun joint drills in the Gulf of Oman, their fifth common military exercise in recent years. What was the theme of “Security Belt-2024” exercise?
    A) Let’s stand together
    B) Jointly Building Peace and Security
    C) Uniting for Peace
    D) Go for the Goals’
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    The theme of “Security Belt-2024” exercise is “Jointly Building Peace and Security”.

  12. The Indian Navy participated in the Exercise Cutlass Express – 24 (CE-24) which was held at Port Victoria, Seychelles from 26 February -08 March 2024. Indian navy was represented by which ship?
    A) INS Karanj
    B) INS Tir
    C) INS Vela
    D) INS Vagir
    E) None of the above
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    Option
    Explanation:

    The Indian Navy participated in the Exercise Cutlass Express – 24 (CE-24) which was held at Port Victoria, Seychelles from 26 February -08 March 2024. The exercise aims to test the participating countries Naval forces capabilities in maritime interdiction, information sharing through a series of shore-based and at-sea training events.
    The Indian Navy was represented by INS Tir,the lead ship of the First Training Squadron. INS Tir was led by Senior Officer, First Training Squadron, Capt Anshul Kishore.

  13. India and which country signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the two countries over law and dispute resolution?
    A) Singapore
    B) China
    C) Nepal
    D) Myanmar
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    India and Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the two countries over law and dispute resolution.
  14. The Reserve Bank of India has asked Federal Bank and which bank to stop issuing new co-branded credit cards, marking a step towards increased regulatory scrutiny?
    A) Bank of Maharashtra
    B) Bank of Baroda
    C) South Indian Bank
    D) State Bank of India
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    The Reserve Bank of India has asked Federal Bank and South Indian Bank to stop issuing new co-branded credit cards, marking a step towards increased regulatory scrutiny. Both banks also clarified that they will continue to serve existing customers with co-branded credit cards.
  15. The Reserve Bank of India said it has imposed a penalty of what amount on Bank of India for non-compliance with certain regulatory norms?
    A) Rs 2.5 crore
    B) Rs 1.5 crore
    C) Rs 1.4 crore
    D) Rs 1.2 crore
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    The Reserve Bank of India said it has imposed a penalty of Rs 1.4 crore on Bank of India for non-compliance with certain regulatory norms
  16. According to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data, better customer relation management and encouraging interest rate offerings have pushed up the share of private sector banks in total deposits from 25 per cent at the end of fiscal year 2017-18 to what percent as of December 2023?
    A) 45%
    B) 34%
    C) 56%
    D) 38%
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    According to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data, better customer relation management and encouraging interest rate offerings have pushed up the share of private sector banks in total deposits from 25 per cent at the end of fiscal year 2017-18 to 34 per cent as of December 2023.
  17. The Government of India with which organisation signed a $181 million loan to build quality infrastructure and services toward improving urban livability and mobility in the peri-urban areas of Ahmedabad city in Gujarat?
    A) Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    B) International Monetary Fund
    C) World Bank
    D) Reserve Bank of india
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $181 million loan to build quality infrastructure and services toward improving urban livability and mobility in the peri-urban areas of Ahmedabad city in Gujarat.
  18. Where did Numaligarh Refinery open its first-ever overseas office?
    A) Bangladesh
    B) Bhutan
    C) Nepal
    D) Mayanmar
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

  19. President appointed former IAS officers Gyanesh Kumar as Chief Election Commissioner. He will replace whom?
    A) Anup Chandra Pandey
    B) Arun Goel
    C) Rajiv Kumar
    D) Sukhbir Singh Sandhu
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    President Droupadi Murmu appointed retired IAS officers Gyanesh Kumar and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu as the new Election Commissioners. The two names were picked by a panel chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
    Gyanesh Kumar will replace Rajiv Kumar as the next Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) in February 2025.
  20. Kapildev Prasad, a renowned artisan and Padma awardee for his contributions to the handloom industry and the revival of Bababuti sarees, passed away. Bababuti sarees represent symbols from which religion?
    A) Jainism
    B) Buddhist
    C) Parsi
    D) Hindu
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Kapildev Prasad, a renowned artisan and Padma awardee for his contributions to the handloom industry and the revival of Bababuti sarees, passed away in Basavanbigha village, Bihar Sharif.
  21. Which Renowned Rabindra Sangeet singer, the son of Liberation War martyr Salimullah and Jebunnesa Salimullah passed away recently?
    A) Sajjad Ali
    B) Ali Baba Khan
    C) Sadi Mohammad
    D) Amanat Ali
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    Renowned Rabindra Sangeet singer Sadi Mohammad passed away in Dhakaat the age of 70.

  22. Paul Alexander, who was diagnosed with polio at the age 6, lived most of his life in an iron lung has passed away. What was the name of the book that he wrote?
    A) Three Minutes for a Dog: My Life in an Iron Lung
    B) Wuthering Heights
    C) Madame Bovary
    D) One Hundred Years of Solitude
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Alexander contracted polio in 1952, when he was 6. He became paralysed from the neck down and he began using an iron lung, a cylinder that encased his body as the air pressure in the chamber forced air into and out of his lungs. A book Alexander wrote about his life, “Three Minutes for a Dog: My Life in an Iron Lung,” was published in 2020.

    Explanation:

  23. The Centre announced a new scheme, the Electric Mobility Promotion Scheme (EMPS), 2024, to promote the sale of electric two-wheelers (e2W) and three-wheelers (e3W) in the country. How much amount has been allocated by the central government for the scheme?

    A) Rs 400 crore
    B) Rs 550 crore
    C) Rs 650 crore
    D) Rs 300 crore
    E) Rs 500 crore

    View Answer
    Option E
    Explanation:

    The Centre announced a new scheme, the Electric Mobility Promotion Scheme (EMPS), 2024, to promote the sale of electric two-wheelers (e2W) and three-wheelers (e3W) in the country.
    Heavy Industries Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey said that the Centre has allocated Rs 500 crore for the new scheme, which will be valid for four months from now.
    The upcoming scheme is set to debut on April 1, supplanting the current Faster Adoption and Manufacturing Electric Vehicles- Phase-II initiative.

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